Fundamentals of Criminal Intelligence (AWR-315)


This awareness-level course presents participants with the fundamental core capabilities required for intelligence analysis from an all-crimes, all-hazards perspective, encompassing traditional crimes, domestic and international acts of terrorism, and other potential crises. It introduces entry-level intelligence personnel to intelligence and the difference between information and intelligence, the Intelligence Community, and the responsibilities of an intelligence analyst. The course teaches participants the goals of and uses of intelligence analysis, the range of intelligence customers, and the importance of having a thorough understanding of the customer’s intelligence need. It reviews and examines each of the six steps in the intelligence process and the importance of critical and creative thinking to each step. Intelligence-led policing, the information sharing environment, and suspicious activity reporting are reviewed, as well as legal authorities and guidance including privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties legislation. The course also reviews the benefits of forming strategic partnerships and collaborative networks.

The ultimate goal is to ensure intelligence personnel receive a foundation of knowledge, skills, and abilities to increase their capacity to produce intelligence. This foundation of knowledge will enhance the individual’s contributions to preventing and responding to criminal acts, including domestic or international acts of terrorism, and promoting public safety.

Min/Max Enrollment: Min 20; Max 30

Hours: 20.0 (Direct Delivery)

Format: Instructor-Led Training

DHS Course #: AWR-315

Facility Requirements: Please view this document for facility requirements.

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Professional Disciplines

Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Governmental Administrative

The target audience for the Direct Delivery version of this course includes:

  • Law enforcement officers
  • Investigators
  • Supervisors
  • Analysts
  • Corrections intelligence personnel
  • Fusion center personnel


To schedule this course, contact your NCBRT Regional Training Manager or request a course now using our online request form.

Louisiana State University

3190 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803